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Chapter 14. Family Matters > Making Home a Safe Haven - Pg. 154

Family Matters 154 Those statistics are frightening enough, but they're more so when you realize that even children of the most attentive, caring parents can, unfortunately, become victims of preventable accidents. Part of the problem is that kids grow so fast that you never know from one day to the next what they'll be getting into. I'll never forget the day that I left the kitchen for about 30 seconds while my 15-month-old was standing at the refrigerator door playing with some child-safe magnets. When I came back, I found her standing in her high chair trying to reach the ceiling light. How was I to know that she'd discovered that she could drag the metal trash can several feet across the kitchen floor and use it to climb up into her chair? Luckily, her brush with danger was just a brush that day, but it made me realize that I had to stop putting off all sorts of childproofing measures that I'd assumed weren't yet necessary. Child safety experts have identified the following areas as some of the major causes of concern: falls, burns, cuts, choking, poisoning, drowning, and electrical shock. If there are infants, toddlers, or young children in your household, where do you stand on safety precautions to prevent these and other accidents? Procrastinators rarely plan ahead; they tend to work on what needed to be done yesterday or what absolutely has to be done today. Rarely do they get around to doing what might need to be done tomorrow. With kids, you never know what tomorrow will bring, so take steps today to make tomorrow a safe one. The Least You Need to Know · Putting off marriage results from practical concerns, such as money matters, as well as fears and doubts. · Putting off the decision to start a family is an example of good procrastination, because such a major commitment requires careful thought. · Procrastination in daily family life usually results from a lack of organization. · Making your home safe has to be a top priority.